They typical announcement cycle for Call of Duty has passed by its usual timeframe by several months, marking another strange occurrence for the year 2020. Activision has been silent about next year’s COD title, despite several rumors and a leaked logo.
Today was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s official reveal and while not everything was not shown, you can check out what we do know so far:
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Release Date, Beta and More
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is expected to release on November 13th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Of course, this game will be coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, with those dates being announced at a later time.
All those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have early access to the game’s open beta when it becomes available.
It’s Being Developed Treyarch and Raven Software
Treyarch have always developed the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, with this being no exception. As it has been for the last decade, Raven Software will be assisting Treyarch in the development process. Raven has never led development on a Call of Duty title.
Activision did have Call of Duty on a three-year development cycle, with Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Treyarch switching hands every year. This year is breaking the cycle, since Sledgehammer should have been launching a title in 2020, instead of Treyarch.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a direct sequel to Black Ops 1, going back to the series’ earlier roots and taking place during the Cold War. When Soviet Russia and and the United States were caught in the threat of nuclear war, with covert operations being played out by both sides.
You can see the campaign trailer below:
Mason, Woods and Hudson will be returning to the single-player campaign, with the story being set in the 1980’s with some sections jumping back to 1968 during the Vietnam War. New faces will also be appearing in the campaign, including the protagonist you create.
You’ll be able to build and customize your own character, choosing personality traits, gender (“classified” option available that uses gender-neutral pronouns) and appearance.
Like Black Ops 2, this campaign features multiple endings — based on the actions you take during the story. It will be same length as recent entries in the series, although with multiple endings you’ll have a reason to go back through the campaign.
Cold War will, of course, be bringing a new iteration of franchises’ classic multiplayer. It was not the main focus during the reveal event, but Activision did confirm multiplayer will offer cross-gen support as well as cross progression.
There is also another battle pass system, with similar post-launch support Infinity Ward gave to Modern Warfare with a stream of free updates like new maps, modes and community events.
No dedicated battle royale mode will be made for Black Ops Cold War. Instead, Warzone will be the featured battle royale for another year, sharing content and progression across both games. More information on multiplayer will become available on the next Call of Duty stream on September 9th.
Zombies was also brushed up on briefly during the presentation. It was confirmed to return, but we know nothing about what Black Ops Cold War is adding to the classic mode this time around. It’s likely Zombies will offer cross-generational and cross-progression support.